August 30, 2020

Parents, this lesson is simple to use. Just follow the instructions and have a great time with your kids at home worshipping God and learning from His Word together!

Lesson: Setting Sail

First watch this lesson video:

Discussion & Activities

Here are ideas to help you talk, learn, pray and worship together. You can even save some parts to use during the week.

1. Talk about the lesson

To help kids understand how the spiritual disciplines help us grow, we’re using the idea of sailing! Review the lesson with your child using the following questions:

  • – What does a sailboat need to do in order to travel? (It needs to hoist its sails. When the sails are up, the wind’s power can move it.)
  • – The Holy Spirit’s power helps us grow and walk with God, but, like the sailboat hoisting its sails, what are some things we can do? (Pray, read our Bibles, be part of a church…)
  • – Doing these things brings us closer to God. And God wants that even more than we do! Recite the promise we find in James 4:8 – “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”

An activity for during the week:

Take an evening to prepare your child for next week’s lesson by talking about the idea of “quiet time.” If you have never practiced “quiet time” in your family, now would be a great time.

Quiet time is time set aside to spend with God. During quiet time we can talk with God, read the Bible, sing a song to Him… It’s when we can stop and focus on God and listen to Him. Use the following questions and points to teach your child about quiet time:

  1. What are some things that that can distract us from God?
  2. What are some ways God calls our attention back to Himself? 
  3. One thing we can do to focus on God is disciplining ourselves to have a daily quiet time. Even taking 10 minutes a day can quiet our hearts and help us walk closer with God.
  4. Share with your child your own experience with having quiet time and how it has strengthened your friendship with God. 
  5. If you haven’t already, start encouraging quiet time in your home. Here are some ideas…
    • – Give your child a Bible passage to read on their own and have them write down what it taught them about God.
    • – Encourage your child to find a quiet spot to talk with God about their day.
    • – Have your child write down a prayer using the P.R.A.Y. method.

1. Pray together

Have your kids imagine that they are like sailboats and ask them to raise their arms like they are putting up sails. After a moment of silence, have everyone say after you: “OK, God I’m yours! Holy Spirit move in me!”

Then pray this blessing over your kids:

[Your children’s names], God loves you and wants you to walk with Him. May you experience God in your life everyday and let Him work in you!

3. Sing together

Celebrate what God is doing in your lives by singing and dancing to this song: